Panzanella is an Italian bread salad. What? You can make salad out of bread? No, you didn’t miss an important memo, Italy simply figured out one more use for something that ordinarily might be thrown out. Panzanella is a tasty and versatile Italian salad of tomatoes, onions, peppers and basil, made tastier by the addition of croutons which haven’t been fully toasted. Some recipes call for the bread cubes to be lightly baked so they’re crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle. Others versions have you dunk the bread in water or another liquid, then “wring it out” and add it to the salad. Either way, if you think there’s nothing you can do with that half-loaf of quickly-hardening bread of any variety, consider the panzanella.

Use today’s Word of the Day: Southern Panzanella Recipe